Jyotiraditya Scindia targets PM, says running Parliament is govt's job

Amid reports that the Monsoon Session could be a washout with the opposition disrupting it over controversies facing the Modi government, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said running Parliament was the job of the government, which was maintaing a "shocking" silence on them.

New Delhi: Amid reports that the Monsoon Session could be a washout with the opposition disrupting it over controversies facing the Modi government, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said running Parliament was the job of the government, which was maintaing a "shocking" silence on them.

Scindia, Congress' chief whip in the Lok Sabha, said the party will highlight the controversies surrounding the government, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and seek her resignation.

"This government has to be accountable and explain itself to the people of India and also take action. Running of Parliament is the responsibility of the government and therefore if it explains its stand and takes action then I don't see why Parliament should not run. But if they don't do that then it is their responsibility," Scindia told PTI.

Asked whether the Congress will seek the resignation of Swaraj, who is embroiled in a controversy over helping former IPL chairman Lalit Modi to get travel documents in the UK, the Congress leader said "the Congress party has very clearly articulated that."

He also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "shocking" silence on the row involving Swaraj and the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. The Modi government and BJP have also been in the line of fire over Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's links with Lalit Modi and HRD Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualifications.

"It (PM's silence) is shocking because while he was in the opposition he raised multiple issues and today there is silence on everything.

"There is not a word coming out on any of the issues that has captured the nation's imagination and therefore we would want his response as well. During the session we will seek his response," he said.

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